Here goes my list. Starters: the Godfathers are not on my list. It's personal preference, and honestly, I did not care for the Godfather.
So, here we go:
20-the French Connection - (Possibly Hackman's best movie)
19-Network - "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
18- The Getaway - McQueen. Steve Mcqueen. That is all.
17- Dawn of the Dead - The greatest zombie flick of all time.
16- Dirty Harry - Clint Eastwood redifined not only himself, but the action hero.
15- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Truly revolutionary. So real, it seems like a snuff film.
14- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Gene Wilder's quintessential performance. Depp couldn't come close.
13- Le Cercle Rouge - melville greatest work. Not my favorite, but his best. Gritty, and powerful.
12- The Friends of Eddie Coyle - If you haven't seen this movie, see it. Now. robert Mitchum at his absolute best.
11- The Outlaw Josey Wales - "Dying ain't much of a living boy."
10- Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - Sam Peckinpah. Nuff said.
9- Straw Dogs - two in a row. Every man has his breaking point.
8- Kelly's Heroes - the best WW2 movie. Sorry Private Ryan, but Kelly's heroes are better than yours.
7-Halloween - Genre defining. Set the standard for the next decade.
6- Blazing Saddles - One of the best comedies of the 70's. Only one tops it.
5- Rocky - Stallone managed to do something very few have done. He made a romance that appeals to men.
4- The Spy Who Loved Me - THE James Bond movie to end all Bond movies. this is it. this is what a Bond movie strives to be. It's what we think of , when we think Bond. Beautiful women, exotic locals, awesome gadgets, a meglomaniacal villain, and a henchman who is menacing beyond belief.
3-Young Frankenstein - The best comedy of the 70's. Brooks' best film. The cast is great, the lines hilarious.
2-Star Wars - The movie that changed everything. Nobody remembers where they were and what they were doing when they saw the Godfather, but everyone remembers every detail of the night they first saw Star Wars, down to what candy they bought at the theater.
1- Jaws - My favorite movie of all time. No other movie has managed to stay with people the way Jaws has. You could be in a pool, and you will swim to the shallow if someone hums "DUH-DUM. DUH-DUM." The first summer blockbuster. The movie that scared people off the beaches. The iconic song that still sends shivers up our spines. The performance by Robert Shaw that dwarfs Brando's Vito Corleone. This is the best movie of the 70's.
This post was edited on 11/13 at 1:17 am